The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough to escape or be rescued by Mexican authorities.

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Runtime original: 01:11:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:48

Director: Ida Lupino

Writer: Collier Young, Ida Lupino (screenplay), Robert L. Joseph (adaptation), Daniel Mainwaring

Editor: Douglas Stewart

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One of my old school teachers told me a story about her trip to the Middle East. While in a taxi her driver stopped mid-way on route and got out of his car. She thought there was a bomb in the car, fortunately the driver got back into the car and carried on as normal. This showed how everything will be ok and that in a situation like this you shouldn\’t panic. This story had a similar outcome to The Hitch-Hiker and so it was my chosen film.
I like how every video on 90to5 appears to be 5:50 minutes long, it just shows how difficult and how much effort needs to be inputted to “90 to 5” successfully.


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